#23 - Daily Practices & Why They Matter
Updated: Jun 16
Almost half of the activities we engage in are done out of habit. We have a natural instinct to gravitate toward repeatable behavioural sequences. Our brains are designed to look for patterns and cling to the ones that it finds most rewarding.
However, not all of those habits are in our best interests. They go against our better instincts out a need for comfort, or distraction, or numbing, or self-destruction.
That's where introduction a daily practise can be so beneficial.
Finding the time for a deliberate daily habit / ritual / routine / practise (whatever), we really give ourselves the best possible chance to have a truly authentic and meaningful day.
Having that daily practice can really help you anchor your day in something you can return to. If you feel frustrated because of a colleague at work, it can give you the framework to not be overtaken by that emotion all day.
It's also great for calming your subconscious, giving you a precedence for the day, for interrupting that automatic response mode and remind you that life doesn't always have to be destination focused. We spend so long focusing on the finish that we forget how important each step is to achieving that goal.
I explore the wide variety of daily habits out there by examining my past practises - from cold showers to mediation, gratitude lists to 5 elements dancing, the highly spiritual to the scientifically practical - and talk about my experiences.
I also discuss a variety of tips on how to build a daily routine, from designing your environment to making it effortless.
Even if you're the teensiest bit curious about how this could benefit your day, take a listen and see if there's something that speaks to you.
*Don't do the breathing exercises in a swimming pool, before going underwater, beneath the shower, or piloting any vehicle. Always practice sitting or lying down in a safe environment. Tinnitus symptoms may appear as a result of pushing too forcefully during the breathing exercise. If this happens, take a step back in your future practice, it’s important to increase gradually, not forcefully
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